The table below looks at the statistics for knowledge and experience of Microsoft products and/or services in IT contracts advertised for the South East region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited Microsoft over the 3 months to 27 March 2015 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Note that daily contractor rates and hourly contractor rates are treated separately. When calculating average contractor rates, daily rates are not derived from quoted hourly rates or vice versa.

The figures below represent the IT contractor job market in general and are NOT representative of contractor rates within the Microsoft Corporation.

Location
3 months to
27 Mar 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Microsoft
Rank 5 5 7
Rank change year-on-year
0 +2
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 1453 1346 1051
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South East 14.76% 14.88% 13.16%
As % of the Vendors category 32.27% 31.11% 27.86%
Number of daily rates quoted 787 646 503
Average daily rate
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£375 £351 £330
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.83% +6.36%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £204 £162 £188
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £488 £450
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £327 £325
% change year-on-year
+7.03% +0.61%
Number of hourly rates quoted 121 123 137
Average hourly rate £16.00 £15.00 £17.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+6.66% -11.76%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.04 £10.50 £10.84
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £36.00 £27.84 £41.30
UK excluding London average hourly rate £15.00 £14.00 £14.63
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -4.27%
Microsoft
England

The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire Vendors category in contract jobs advertised in the South East region.

Vendors Category
South East
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Vendors category
4502 4326 3773
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South East 45.73% 47.82% 47.25%
Number of daily rates quoted 2380 2105 1784
Average daily rate £375 £370 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+1.35% +5.71%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £235 £200 £200
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £500 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 239 268 310
Average hourly rate £18.50 £18.38 £19.26
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+0.68% -4.59%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.75 £12.16 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £42.00 £45.00 £35.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £17.00 £17.50 £18.40
% change year-on-year
-2.85% -4.89%

Microsoft
Jobs Demand Trend in the South East

This chart provides a 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing Microsoft across the South East region as a proportion of the total demand within the Vendors category.

Microsoft Jobs Demand Trend in the South East

Microsoft
Daily Rate Trend in the South East

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in IT contract jobs citing Microsoft across the South East region.

Microsoft Daily Rate Trend in the South East

Microsoft
Daily Rate Histogram in the South East

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Microsoft across the South East region over the 3 months to 27 March 2015.

Microsoft Daily Rate Histogram in the South East

Microsoft
Hourly Rate Trend in the South East

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing Microsoft across the South East region.

Microsoft Hourly Rate Trend in the South East

Microsoft
Hourly Rate Histogram in the South East

This chart provides a histogram of hourly rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Microsoft across the South East region over the 3 months to 27 March 2015.

Microsoft Hourly Rate Histogram in the South East

Microsoft
Contract Job Locations in the South East

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Microsoft within the South East region over the 3 months to 27 March 2015. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 3 month period last year.

Location
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statistics and historical trends)
Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Average
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Average Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Berkshire +3 394 £388 +6.89% 118
Hampshire -1 343 £375 +2.66% 114
Buckinghamshire +1 207 £310 -22.50% 63
Surrey -2 186 £375 +7.14% 107
Oxfordshire +2 124 £405 +62.00% 72
West Sussex +3 123 £400 - 39
Kent -4 34 £328 +0.76% 25
East Sussex -6 32 £300 -13.66% 25
Middlesex 0 11 £396 +0.25% 3
Home Counties +2 2 £319 -27.14%
Sussex -2 1 £250 -
Isle of Wight - - - - 3
M4 Corridor - - - -
Thames Valley - - - -
Microsoft
England

Microsoft
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the South East

For the 6 months to 27 March 2015, IT contractor jobs across the South East region citing Microsoft also mentioned the following IT skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number of jobs and their proportion against the total number of contract IT job ads sampled that cited Microsoft.

1 1153 (39.36%) Windows
2 1063 (36.29%) MS Excel
3 743 (25.37%) Security Cleared
4 738 (25.20%) Active Directory
5 649 (22.16%) MS Office
6 575 (19.63%) SQL
7 530 (18.09%) SC Cleared
8 454 (15.50%) VMware
9 453 (15.47%) SQL Server
9 453 (15.47%) ITIL
10 450 (15.36%) .NET
11 400 (13.66%) Windows Server 2008
12 365 (12.46%) Windows 7
13 356 (12.15%) Finance
14 344 (11.74%) Microsoft Certification
15 332 (11.33%) SharePoint
16 319 (10.89%) C#
17 303 (10.34%) MS Exchange
18 301 (10.28%) HP
19 292 (9.97%) VMware Infrastructure
19 292 (9.97%) Analytical Skills
20 284 (9.70%) DV Cleared
21 271 (9.25%) Agile Software Development
22 263 (8.98%) Windows Server 2003
23 262 (8.95%) HTML
24 259 (8.84%) Migration
25 256 (8.74%) Citrix
25 256 (8.74%) SCCM
26 255 (8.71%) CRM
27 251 (8.57%) Project Management

Microsoft
Top Related IT Skills in the South East by Category

For the 6 months to 27 March 2015, IT contractor jobs across the South East region citing Microsoft also mentioned the following IT skills grouped by category. The figures indicate the number of jobs and their proportion against the total number of contract IT job ads sampled that cited Microsoft. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Application Platforms
1 332 (11.33%) SharePoint
2 303 (10.34%) MS Exchange
3 117 (3.99%) IIS
4 116 (3.96%) Lync
5 104 (3.55%) Exchange Server 2010
6 101 (3.45%) BizTalk Server
7 95 (3.24%) SharePoint 2013
8 84 (2.87%) Exchange Server 2003
9 68 (2.32%) Exchange Server 2007
10 61 (2.08%) SharePoint 2010
11 51 (1.74%) Exchange Server 2013
12 45 (1.54%) SharePoint Server
13 33 (1.13%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
14 30 (1.02%) CMS
15 27 (0.92%) IBM Notes
16 23 (0.79%) Office Communications Server
16 23 (0.79%) Node.js
17 22 (0.75%) SAS
18 15 (0.51%) Apache
19 12 (0.41%) WebSphere
Applications
1 1063 (36.29%) MS Excel
2 649 (22.16%) MS Office
3 177 (6.04%) MS PowerPoint
4 163 (5.57%) MS Project
5 148 (5.05%) MS Visio
6 22 (0.75%) OmniGraffle
7 21 (0.72%) Photoshop
8 17 (0.58%) Adobe Illustrator
9 12 (0.41%) Spreadsheet
10 11 (0.38%) InfoPath
11 10 (0.34%) AutoCAD
12 7 (0.24%) Adobe Creative Suite
13 6 (0.20%) InDesign
14 4 (0.14%) SPSS
14 4 (0.14%) PowerPivot
15 2 (0.068%) Acrobat
15 2 (0.068%) RoboHelp
15 2 (0.068%) Fireworks
15 2 (0.068%) PaintShop Pro
15 2 (0.068%) Adobe Captivate
Business Applications
1 206 (7.03%) Dynamics CRM
2 43 (1.47%) Oracle EBS
3 40 (1.37%) Dynamics AX
4 15 (0.51%) SAP SRM
5 12 (0.41%) Remedy ITSM
6 11 (0.38%) Oracle Applications
7 8 (0.27%) Oracle Payables
8 6 (0.20%) Agresso
9 5 (0.17%) Dynamics NAV
10 4 (0.14%) Google Analytics
11 3 (0.10%) Changepoint
11 3 (0.10%) SAP Oil and Gas
11 3 (0.10%) Maximo
11 3 (0.10%) Summit
12 2 (0.068%) assyst
12 2 (0.068%) HFM
12 2 (0.068%) Oracle Financials
12 2 (0.068%) Endur
12 2 (0.068%) Hyperion Planning
13 1 (0.034%) Cognos Business Intelligence
Cloud Services
1 89 (3.04%) Office 365
2 61 (2.08%) Microsoft Azure
3 34 (1.16%) Cloud Computing
4 17 (0.58%) SaaS
5 15 (0.51%) Amazon AWS
6 9 (0.31%) PaaS
7 8 (0.27%) IaaS
8 3 (0.10%) OpenShift
9 2 (0.068%) SuccessFactors
10 1 (0.034%) Google Apps
10 1 (0.034%) Taleo
10 1 (0.034%) LucidChart
Communications & Networking
1 176 (6.01%) SAN
2 168 (5.74%) DNS
3 167 (5.70%) Firewall
4 149 (5.09%) TCP/IP
5 118 (4.03%) DHCP
6 115 (3.93%) Internet
7 105 (3.58%) WAN
8 103 (3.52%) LAN
9 62 (2.12%) VPN
10 48 (1.64%) SSL
10 48 (1.64%) VoIP
11 46 (1.57%) SMTP
12 44 (1.50%) Wireless
13 34 (1.16%) Intranet
14 31 (1.06%) Wi-Fi
14 31 (1.06%) NAS
15 30 (1.02%) Ethernet
16 29 (0.99%) Network Security
17 26 (0.89%) HTTP
17 26 (0.89%) ATM
Database & Business Intelligence
1 453 (15.47%) SQL Server
2 112 (3.82%) SQL Server 2008
3 105 (3.58%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 92 (3.14%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 69 (2.36%) Data Warehouse
6 67 (2.29%) SQL Server Analysis Services
7 61 (2.08%) SQL Server 2012
8 55 (1.88%) Relational Database
9 52 (1.78%) Oracle Reports
10 44 (1.50%) SQL Server 2005
11 42 (1.43%) Oracle Database
12 38 (1.30%) MySQL
13 28 (0.96%) RDBMS
14 26 (0.89%) MS Access
15 24 (0.82%) MongoDB
16 23 (0.79%) PostgreSQL
17 21 (0.72%) BusinessObjects
18 18 (0.61%) SQL Server 2000
19 15 (0.51%) PowerCenter
19 15 (0.51%) Crystal Reports
Development Applications
1 104 (3.55%) Visual Studio
2 96 (3.28%) Team Foundation Server
3 45 (1.54%) JIRA
4 41 (1.40%) Subversion
4 41 (1.40%) Git (software)
5 33 (1.13%) Jenkins
6 32 (1.09%) NUnit
6 32 (1.09%) StarTeam
7 31 (1.06%) MSI
8 27 (0.92%) ClearCase
9 24 (0.82%) Selenium
10 23 (0.79%) QuickTest Pro
11 22 (0.75%) Axure RP
12 19 (0.65%) GoogleTest
13 18 (0.61%) CppUnit
13 18 (0.61%) CruiseControl
14 17 (0.58%) SoapUI
15 14 (0.48%) Maven
15 14 (0.48%) JUnit
16 10 (0.34%) VSS/SourceSafe
General
1 356 (12.15%) Finance
2 201 (6.86%) Telecoms
3 69 (2.36%) Retail
4 59 (2.01%) Marketing
5 37 (1.26%) Banking
5 37 (1.26%) Publishing
6 29 (0.99%) Advertising
7 26 (0.89%) Manufacturing
8 25 (0.85%) Military
9 18 (0.61%) Interactive Media
10 17 (0.58%) Legal
11 14 (0.48%) Financial Institution
11 14 (0.48%) German Language
12 13 (0.44%) Games
13 10 (0.34%) Back Office
14 6 (0.20%) Electronics
14 6 (0.20%) Automotive
15 5 (0.17%) Pharmaceutical
15 5 (0.17%) Multimedia
15 5 (0.17%) Billing
Job Titles
1 592 (20.21%) Analyst
2 363 (12.39%) Developer
3 226 (7.72%) Architect
4 187 (6.38%) Support Engineer
5 153 (5.22%) Consultant
6 133 (4.54%) Project Manager
7 123 (4.20%) Support Analyst
8 108 (3.69%) Administrator
9 102 (3.48%) Infrastructure Engineer
10 99 (3.38%) .NET Developer
11 86 (2.94%) Desktop Support
12 84 (2.87%) 2nd Line Support
13 83 (2.83%) Data Analyst
14 76 (2.59%) Service Analyst
15 74 (2.53%) Service Desk Analyst
16 67 (2.29%) Server Engineer
17 63 (2.15%) Desktop Engineer
17 63 (2.15%) 1st Line Support
18 60 (2.05%) 3rd Line Support
19 59 (2.01%) Business Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 450 (15.36%) .NET
2 262 (8.95%) HTML
3 207 (7.07%) ASP.NET
4 169 (5.77%) XML
5 128 (4.37%) CSS
6 125 (4.27%) Web Services
7 93 (3.18%) .NET Framework
8 81 (2.77%) WCF
9 68 (2.32%) jQuery
10 66 (2.25%) AngularJS
11 59 (2.01%) HTML5
12 56 (1.91%) JSP
13 54 (1.84%) ASP.NET MVC
14 44 (1.50%) ASP.NET Web API
15 37 (1.26%) Application Packaging
16 35 (1.19%) WPF
16 35 (1.19%) REST
17 30 (1.02%) Middleware
18 29 (0.99%) SOAP
19 26 (0.89%) Ajax
Miscellaneous
1 292 (9.97%) Analytical Skills
2 117 (3.99%) Clustering
3 93 (3.18%) Management Information System
4 75 (2.56%) User Experience
5 74 (2.53%) PKI
6 71 (2.42%) Blackberry
7 39 (1.33%) Replication
8 38 (1.30%) Open Source
9 36 (1.23%) NHS
10 28 (0.96%) Computer Science
11 25 (0.85%) Client/Server
12 23 (0.79%) Social Media
13 21 (0.72%) Video Conferencing
13 21 (0.72%) Mobile App
13 21 (0.72%) Enterprise Software
14 17 (0.58%) CMDB
14 17 (0.58%) iPhone
15 16 (0.55%) Visualisation
15 16 (0.55%) SecurID
16 15 (0.51%) e-Health
Operating Systems
1 1153 (39.36%) Windows
2 400 (13.66%) Windows Server 2008
3 365 (12.46%) Windows 7
4 263 (8.98%) Windows Server 2003
5 225 (7.68%) Windows Server 2012
6 219 (7.48%) Linux
7 161 (5.50%) UNIX
8 155 (5.29%) Windows XP
9 55 (1.88%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 52 (1.78%) Windows 8
11 32 (1.09%) Windows 2000
12 28 (0.96%) Windows 2000 Server
13 21 (0.72%) Windows Vista
14 20 (0.68%) Solaris
15 18 (0.61%) AIX
16 17 (0.58%) Android
17 16 (0.55%) CentOS
18 15 (0.51%) Apple iOS
19 14 (0.48%) Windows NT
20 13 (0.44%) Mac OS X
Processes & Methodologies
1 453 (15.47%) ITIL
2 271 (9.25%) Agile Software Development
3 259 (8.84%) Migration
4 255 (8.71%) CRM
5 251 (8.57%) Project Management
6 166 (5.67%) PRINCE2
7 140 (4.78%) Configuration Management
8 132 (4.51%) Service Management
9 118 (4.03%) Change Management
10 116 (3.96%) Business Intelligence
11 111 (3.79%) Scrum
12 110 (3.76%) MVC
13 98 (3.35%) Stakeholder Management
14 93 (3.18%) Service Delivery
15 92 (3.14%) Validation
16 88 (3.00%) Knowledge Management
17 83 (2.83%) Data Migration
18 81 (2.77%) Test Scripting
19 74 (2.53%) TDD
20 69 (2.36%) Data Analysis
Programming Languages
1 575 (19.63%) SQL
2 319 (10.89%) C#
3 237 (8.09%) JavaScript
4 218 (7.44%) PowerShell
5 114 (3.89%) VBScript
6 86 (2.94%) VB
7 82 (2.80%) VBA
8 81 (2.77%) Java
9 76 (2.59%) C
10 66 (2.25%) T-SQL
11 61 (2.08%) C++
12 35 (1.19%) VB.NET
13 29 (0.99%) Python
14 28 (0.96%) Shell Script
15 26 (0.89%) PL/SQL
16 25 (0.85%) PHP
17 20 (0.68%) Ruby
18 13 (0.44%) Perl
19 11 (0.38%) X++
20 10 (0.34%) Objective-C
Qualifications
1 743 (25.37%) Security Cleared
2 530 (18.09%) SC Cleared
3 344 (11.74%) Microsoft Certification
4 284 (9.70%) DV Cleared
5 201 (6.86%) Degree
6 163 (5.57%) MCSE
7 114 (3.89%) MCP
8 110 (3.76%) MCITP
9 107 (3.65%) Cisco Certification
10 103 (3.52%) ISTQB
11 76 (2.59%) MCSA
12 70 (2.39%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
13 63 (2.15%) ISEB
14 59 (2.01%) CCNA
15 42 (1.43%) CCNP
15 42 (1.43%) MCTS
16 38 (1.30%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
17 34 (1.16%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
18 30 (1.02%) CISSP
19 27 (0.92%) HND
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 117 (3.99%) SLA
2 67 (2.29%) QA
3 23 (0.79%) PCI DSS
3 23 (0.79%) Solvency II
4 7 (0.24%) ISO 9001
5 6 (0.20%) HL7
5 6 (0.20%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 5 (0.17%) Sarbanes-Oxley
7 4 (0.14%) COBIT
7 4 (0.14%) DICOM
7 4 (0.14%) Data Quality
8 3 (0.10%) P3O
8 3 (0.10%) 21 CFR Part 11
9 2 (0.068%) COSO
10 1 (0.034%) JSP 440
10 1 (0.034%) CDISC
10 1 (0.034%) GAMP
10 1 (0.034%) GCP
10 1 (0.034%) GMP
10 1 (0.034%) BS15000
System Software
1 738 (25.20%) Active Directory
2 292 (9.97%) VMware Infrastructure
3 207 (7.07%) Hyper-V
4 67 (2.29%) vSphere
5 59 (2.01%) XenApp
6 52 (1.78%) Microsoft App-V
7 47 (1.60%) XenDesktop
8 42 (1.43%) VMware ESX
9 26 (0.89%) Forefront TMG
10 24 (0.82%) Microsoft Virtual Server
10 24 (0.82%) Terminal Services
11 14 (0.48%) UAG
11 14 (0.48%) VMware ESXi
12 13 (0.44%) XenServer
13 12 (0.41%) ISA Server
13 12 (0.41%) Firmware
14 6 (0.20%) NFS
15 5 (0.17%) Snort
16 4 (0.14%) VMware Server
16 4 (0.14%) DFS Replication
Systems Management
1 256 (8.74%) SCCM
2 94 (3.21%) SCOM
3 58 (1.98%) OpenView Configuration Management
4 53 (1.81%) HP Quality Center
5 36 (1.23%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
6 34 (1.16%) SCSM
7 26 (0.89%) WSUS
8 21 (0.72%) McAfee ePO
8 21 (0.72%) Puppet
9 20 (0.68%) Backup Exec
9 20 (0.68%) Tivoli
10 19 (0.65%) OVSD
10 19 (0.65%) SCOrch
11 18 (0.61%) WMI
12 17 (0.58%) NetBackup
12 17 (0.58%) HP Data Protector
13 16 (0.55%) SCVMM
14 15 (0.51%) ARCserve
15 11 (0.38%) Norton AntiVirus
15 11 (0.38%) Opscode Chef
Vendors
1 454 (15.50%) VMware
2 301 (10.28%) HP
3 256 (8.74%) Citrix
4 238 (8.13%) Oracle
5 187 (6.38%) Cisco
6 85 (2.90%) SAP
7 80 (2.73%) Red Hat
8 74 (2.53%) Dell
9 67 (2.29%) McAfee
10 60 (2.05%) NetApp
11 57 (1.95%) IBM
12 53 (1.81%) Remedy
13 50 (1.71%) CA
14 44 (1.50%) Symantec
15 40 (1.37%) F5
16 38 (1.30%) Business Objects
17 37 (1.26%) CheckPoint
18 32 (1.09%) Apple
18 32 (1.09%) Lumension
19 29 (0.99%) Juniper
West Sussex
X4 Group
Rate: £325 - 375 per day
Posted: 1 hour ago
Reading, Berkshire
Roc Search
Rate: Market Rate
Posted: 7 hours ago
West Sussex
ARC IT Recruitment Ltd
Rate: £500 - £600 Per Day
Posted: 7 hours ago
Hampshire
Salt
Rate: £225 - £275 per day
Posted: 8 hours ago
Oxfordshire
Cadence Resourcing
Rate: On Application
Posted: Yesterday
Hampshire
LA International
Posted: Yesterday
Berkshire
Rubicon Consulting
Rate: From £400 to £600 per day
Posted: Yesterday
Reading, Berkshire
Centric Resource
Rate: From £180 to £225 per day
Posted: Yesterday
Newbury, Berkshire
ComputAppoint
Rate: £250 - £300 per day
Posted: Yesterday
Egham, Surrey
Canary Wharf and City
Rate: Up to £375 per day
Posted: Yesterday
Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire
ReThink Recruitment
Rate: £125 - £150 per day
Posted: Yesterday
Tadley, Hampshire
Polar Recruitment
Rate: £18.00 - £21.00 per hour + n/a
Posted: Yesterday
Portsmouth, Hampshire
Lorien Resourcing
Rate: £16.16 per hour
Posted: Yesterday
Reading, Berkshire
Austin Fraser
Posted: Yesterday
Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire
ReThink Recruitment
Rate: £125 - £150 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
Reading, Berkshire
Global Technology Solutions Ltd
Rate: £230 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
Bracknell, Berkshire
TD Group
Rate: From £190 to £210 per annum
Posted: 2 days ago
Farnborough, Hampshire
Lorien Resourcing
Posted: 2 days ago
Reading, Berkshire
LA International
Rate: £600 - £750 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
Woking, Surrey
Evolution Recruitment Solutions
Rate: Market
Posted: 2 days ago